Synopses & Reviews
“Lively, eclectic and surprising.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, author of the enormously popular young adult series A Series of Unfortunate Events, takes over as editor for this volume. He will work with the students of 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan writing labs to compile new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and other category-defying gems, ensuring that “if you need to fall in love with reading again — or just want a reminder that high school students deserve a lot more than their reading lists give them — then this is the book for you” (Bust).
"Acclaimed cartoonist Smith (Bone, RASL) collects 30 pieces in this year's anthology, and his taste crosses plenty of genres: Alison Bechdel, a former editor of the collection, has a heart-wrenching excerpt from her memoir Are You My Mother?; in another space-time entirely, a lost time traveler ponders Star Trek episodes while wandering in dinosaur country in Malachi Ward's brilliantly funny 'Top Five.' A scene from Craig Thompson's Habibi reveals the plight of a woman forced into a sultan's harem, and a young giant hunter confronts her scariest challenge going it alone after her friends realize she has lied to them in the kid-friendly fantasy Giants Beware, by newcomer duo Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado. Artistically, Sam Alden's work on the wordless The Haunter and Joseph Lambert's Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller are standouts. The cartoonists included show plenty of gender diversity women make up over a third of the total creators but there is less racial diversity in evidence. The current narrative strength of the comics medium gets a solid showcase in this year's volume, which should inspire much further reading." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"At its best, a gorgeous, glorious inferno of imagination." -- Kirkus
"At its best, a gorgeous, glorious inferno of imagination." -- Kirkus "The current narrative strength of the comics medium gets a solid showcase in this years volume, which should inspire much further reading." -- Publishers Weekly "Were living in a new golden age of comics...and there isnt a better example of this than the Best American Comics series...Fans of the genre will find a surprise or two, but this is the ideal book to hand to a comics neophyte with mature tastes who is ready to be astounded." -- Booklist
"A collection that simply shouldn’t be missed." --Miami Herald
"Full of delights...a joy to read." --The Stranger
"Consistently impressive, with nary a dud in the 32 previously published selections...This book provides a fantastic compendium of "'In Case You Missed It.'" --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A highly eclectic collection...The quality of the material included is uniformly high...Consider this a sumptuous feast for free (nonrequired, that is) reading." --Booklist
A collection of the best graphic pieces published in American periodicals during 2012, compiled by Jeff Smith, author and illustrator of the comic Bone.
The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith—creater of the classic comic Bone, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville—has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection.
Daniel Handler and Lemony Snicket compile the year's best new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and category-defying gems aimed at readers 15 and up.
As the popularity and prominence of the graphic genre continues to rage, THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS series, now in its fourth year, has become a wonderful medium for enthusiasts to discover new talent.
Now in its fourth year, Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributers. Editor Charles Burnsand#151;cartoonist,and#160;illustrator, and official cover artist of the Believerand#151;has culled theand#160;best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the web to create this cutting-edge collection. Featuring the work of such luminaries as Chris Ware, KAZ, and Robert Crumb, this volume is "a genuine salute to comics" (Houston Chronicle).
About the Author
JESSICA ABEL is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida. MATT MADDEN is a cartoonist best known for his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Together, Abel and Madden are the authors of Mastering Comics and Drawing Words and Writing Pictures.MATT MADDEN is a cartoonist and the author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Together, they are the authors of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures.CHARLES BURNS grew up in Seattle in the 1970s. His work rose to prominence in Art Spiegelman's Raw magazine in the mid-1980s and took off from there, for an extraordinary range of comics and projects, from Iggy Pop album covers to ads for Altoids. He's illustrated covers for Time, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. He was also tapped as the official cover artist for The Believer magazine at its inception in 2003. His eagerly awaited graphic novel Black Hole, published in 2005, received over a dozen Harvey Awards. Burns, along with several other prominent graphic artists, collaborated on Fear(s) of the Dark, an animated French horror film now touring the US. Burns lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.